We see it, we fear it – the future of our planet, its sustainable resources, and life as we have known it, collapsing, because of the money system. Can we stop it?
We are invited to buy property, pay interest to bankers, who have the ability create money, out of thin air, at the click of a mouse. ( What is Money , Positive Money ?) If we all tried that, what do you think would happen? Reckless, unethical bankers are happy to arrange mortgages stretching people to and beyond the limit. Is there such a thing as ethical banking? Many of us have relied on mutual building societies and supposedly “ethical banks” such as the Co-op bank. That trust soon evaporated as the headlines in the media reported the takeover of the Co-op bank this month.
People, now happily moving into homes face rising interest on mortgages as the banks will force rate rises, just as energy companies have raised charges. How will they manage? The Guardian is reporting possible interest rate changes by 2015. Who will the media blame then?
It is essential for that any incoming governments are brave enough to confront bankers and money-lenders who prey on people. Governments must address the way money is created used and distributed. Money should be serving us, not us serving money.
We can thank some brave politicians in history that health care and education for all is no longer just the domain of the rich and privilege, but universal. It should be a priority for Labour. Harold Wilson’s Open University widened the access to education such had never been seen before. The provision of maintenance grants enabled students to concentrate on study.
Doctors, engineers, scientists and lawyers from working class families had access to education and all of society reaped the benefits. Every person’s life is enriched by high quality education. We need quality training too and we need specialists; engineers, doctors, road builders, teachers, builders and firefighters.
We can all see these benefits, so provision of maintenance grants, and universal access through the Open University is investment in the future.
But today, the Open University is too costly for many. Students are taking on massive loans, and debt. If they finish their course, and find employment, then it’s a struggle to pay for a home, or for a car. And what next? A loan for health? For childcare? A loan for elderly care? And so it goes on to the next generation.
Every part of our lives is now at threat because of the banking system. The financial system is so invasive, all consuming, and like a flawed parasite, greedy and foolish, and is destroying it all. The reality is a lifetime of paying for money which magically came from nowhere. It’s a far cry from care from cradle to grave.
So where did all the brave politicians go?
BANKING AND INTEREST
Whether it is business, or individuals, the banks are in a win-win situation. The financiers maintain control because the system is so heavily biased in their favour. The money made up from nothing, can grow, like a weed out of control. Debts become unsurmountable… and all because of interest.
In this video, Professor Dr. Margrit Kennedy describes how flaws in the money system cost us all about 40% extra for everything – interest costs. Interview by Dimitri Devyatkin.
Not all loans charge interest. In Islamic Banking, there is no interest charged.
Islamic finance is all about sharing risk between financial institutions and the individuals that use them. To do that, the two parties are tied into a longer-term relationship with each other that is supposed to shift incentives and avoid cut and run financial deals. So how can banks that don’t charge interest survive? It’s a question worth answering, not least because academics have argued that the financial crisis wouldn’t have happened if the global economy was regulated by Islamic finance.
This is an interesting idea, but still retains the control to the banks who hold the money, and not collectively by all, which is how it should be in a democracy.
While Islamic finance addresses the problems caused by interest, I would prefer to see a government owned bank retaining democratic control. Power should be returned to the people – and so should the money system. The majority now despise the banking system with suspicion, and want to see real change – not more of the same faux-governments, too weak against the financial institutions.
Like a few in history, future politicians brave enough to present and adopt the proposals of Positive Money will be welcomed. It is time for Labour to be brave, and let the people know where it stands.
Speak up, Ed! Positive Money, Positive Labour.
- Positive Money Proposals
- Dr Magrit Kennedy on Interest – video
- The Open University: The University without Walls
- Co-op Bank struggles to convince customers its ethical stance will survive
- What is Money? Video
- Mortgage Rates, that Rainy Day is Coming Soon
- Islamic Finance for Beginners
- The New World Order – The Debt Generation Part 1
- Economics is Easy to Understand – A TenYear old Explains